“The University of Birmingham (UK) would join hands with the Punjab Government in harnessing the enormous sporting talent that the State of Punjab possesses with the development of the sporting infrastructure in the Maharaja Bhupindra Singh Sports University, Patiala besides also rendering assistance in strengthening and streamlining the academic program of the University.”
This was disclosed here today at the Punjab Bhawan by the Sports and Youth Affairs Minister, Rana Gurmit Singh Sodhi during a meeting with a high level delegation comprising the British Deputy High Commissioner Mr. Andrew Ayre, Senior Lecturer in Sports Coaching, University of Birmingham Dr. Martin Toms and the Director, India Country Institute Mr. Dipankar Chakraborty.
Divulging more, the minister said that the partnership between the Punjab Government and the Uiniversity of Birmingham would cover a whole gamut of areas including Psychology, Physiology, Nutrition, Coaching etc. He also said that the other aspects such as talent identification, talent development and talent support, Management of the health of the players, Development of academic programmes, and Training in sports science.
The delegation members also praised the sporting potential of the players of Punjab and assured the minister of active assistance in bringing sports standards to perfection in the State.
On the occasion, the Additional Chief Secretary (Sports), Punjab, Mr. Sanjay Kumar was also present.